As a means to promote the safety, permanency and well-being for all
New York State children in out-of-home care, the Commission is
working to increase the participation of children in permanency hearings– special court hearings where the health, well-being and future steps for
children in out-of-home care are reviewed and determined with the goal of
achieving permanency for these children.
Meaningful participation in their hearings will empower children, help New
York State comply with recent federal and New York State laws requiring
Family Court judges to consult with children in an age-appropriate manner at
all permanency hearings, and ultimately produce better fact-finding that will
lead to better decisions and better outcomes for children and their families.